VivaLasViejas ASN, RN

LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

I'm a retired RN and blogger who lives with my son, his husband, and four adorable little dogs. I have over 25 years total experience in health care and have done a little bit of everything. I especially enjoyed mother/baby care and assisted living. I retired early due to health reasons but kept my license active for several years beyond that. I love God, my family, my friends, NFL football, and good food enjoyed with loved ones!


Do, or do not. There is no try.--Yoda, Jedi Master

Sometimes God calms the storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage, and calms His child.

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    How is Working the 3-11 shift with small children at home

    I loved 3-11 shifts, as they worked best with my particular circadian rhythm. They weren’t so great for family life, however, because the kids hadn’t gotten home from school yet when I left for work and were in bed long before I got home. I missed ou...
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    AIDET: Aiming for Quality Service

    Ugh. The mere mention of the Studer Group raised my hackles in a big way. They were the people that turned my hospital into a Hilton. We were such a nice little country hospital before they came in as advisors; after management embraced their concept...
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    Osteoporosis: Five Fast Facts | Knowledge is Power

    I recently broke my ankle in a ground-level fall. Broke the the other one 2 years ago in a near-fall. I’m only 63, but I think I’d better get a bone density test!
  4. I’ve actually gotten to meet several of my allnurses friends IRL. Next I want to meet SmilingBluEyes since she lives only about three hours away. But I’d also love to meet RN/writer (I’ve talked to her on the phone a number of times), sirI (we commun...
  5. I’ve seen a nurse with 45 years’ experience do that. I was horrified, but as a brand-new nurse I was too intimidated to confront her about it. So I took the coward’s way out and told our supervisor, who I’m assuming did talk to her because I never sa...
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    Resident Resistant To Taking Meds

    Long-term care residents are some of the most over-medicated people in the world. Not just with prescribed meds, but with useless vitamins and supplements. Why does a 90-year-old with severe dementia and swallowing difficulties need 20 pills morning,...
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    I'm a nurse who has ESRD

    Wow. I have no idea of what it’s like to be a nurse on dialysis, so I have no words of wisdom for you. I just wanted to say that you are one brave (and amazing!) person. I wish you the very best and hope you get your transplant soon. God bless you.
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    Nursing and Disability

    Like Hoosier said, it depends on what kind of disability you have. Obviously, if it’s a physical problem, you want to avoid floor nursing in a hospital or LTC facility like the plague. Mental health concerns are another kettle of fish; nursing is ver...
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    Holiday Sick Calls From Self-Centered Staff

    When I was a DNS, I took more call-ins on Saturday and Sunday than at any other time of the week. I think most of them were due to the “bottle flu” rather than real illness, but unless the nurse or aide offered an excuse I didn’t pursue it. It didn’t...
  10. Happy birthday lady! Hope you’re having a wonderful day. ???

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      sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

      It's been a rather tumultuous year, but God is good. ?

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      sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

      Ya know? You never fail to remember my BD. That makes me smile and brings tears to my eyes.

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      VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

      Awwwww. I’m glad it pleases you. I have reminders on my phone for my friends’ birthdays so I don’t miss them. ?

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    Compassionate Use Act in Texas

    Jaded is right. Cannabis use is incompatible with holding a nursing license in most if not all states. It’s not worth the risk of popping positive on a drug test. Don’t do it.
  12. Hello there. I am so sorry your husband is going through this. I’ve been hospitalized for bipolar depression and suicidal ideation, and it took several med changes/adjustments to tame the beast. I was in for only seven days though, which makes me won...
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    Employee Pre Screening Medical Conditions

    I’m assuming that you had an interview with your new place of employment. If your weight had been a factor, they more than likely wouldn’t have hired you, even though the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with di...
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    Requesting Help With Dream Interpretation

    I haven’t worked in a hospital in many years, but I still have nightmares about nursing there. Sometimes it’s the fictional patient who came in the middle of the night and I never knew it until the nurse manager (who for some reason, or no reason, di...
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    Your Help Needed: Give A Tip To A New Grad Nurse

    Don’t panic. Ever. It’s the surest way to make the patient and/or family freak out. Even if it’s your confused elderly fellow who just yanked out his central line and is wandering around the floor bleeding, take a deep breath (or several) to center y...